Tenderfoot Trailhead

Tenderfoot Trailhead is a rustic trailhead located next to the eastern side of the Eagle Cap Wilderness area. The facility is set in an open pine area and accesses the Tenderfoot Wagon Trail #1819. The large parking area will accommodate several trucks and trailers.

Please see this March 26, 2015 article in The Oregonian for more information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No fee required.
Permit Info: All visitors to the Eagle Cap Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Visitor Permit before entering the area. Only one permit is required per group. Permits are free and self issued at trailheads.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply  within Eagle Cap Wildernes.
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Joseph, Oregon (24 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


From Enterprise, Oregon travel south on Oregon State 82 to Joseph for about 6.5 miles; In Joseph turn left on Oregon State 350 for about 8 miles to the Wallowa Loop Road; Turn right on the Wallowa Loop Road (also known as the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway); Travel on this road which eventually becomes Forest Road 39 for about 10 miles to Salt Creek Summit; Continue on past Salt Creek Summit on Forest Road 39 for 3 miles to Forest Road 100; Turn right on Forest Road 100 and go 3 miles to the end of the road to the trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking


Horse Riding


Parking: Large undesignated parking are for trucks and trailers

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6500 feet